Leota Wilkinson - Olympia II, Washington Convention - 2018

Thank you to everyone who has prayed that there would be bread for their soul! I’ve been thinking about natural bread, and spiritual bread. I enjoy making natural bread. We enjoy fresh bread best. When it’s 1 to 3 days old, it’s not so desirable. Those truly seeking God, seek something that will satisfy the deep need of their soul – the Bread of life. God wants to feed every one the Bread of life. There’s a possibility of just being content with what will feed us for the moment. In Noah’s day, God looked down and saw wickedness – doing natural things: eating, drinking, marrying, etc, nothing wrong in that – but God has planned so much more!

Luke 17:26-27, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded.” They were content just to try to satisfy this human nature that can never be satisfied, but it always wants something more.

 

In Ruth, Naomi knew what it was to be partaker of what God has, but there was a famine, and they journeyed to Moab. Naomi met a lot of disappointment in the land of Moab. Someone kept in contact with Naomi and told her there was bread in Israel.

The prodigal son became the repentant son who returned. He began to think about the bread in his father’s house. He would do anything to have bread again! He returned. The Father faced the facts of the past – his lost son was dead, but now was found!

In Acts 10, Cornelius believed God would send His servant with words from God. That’s what we all want – not a message from ourselves, but from God. Give us words that have life-giving messages! That’s what our soul is desiring.

In John 6, Jesus broke natural bread for the multitude. They saw there would be an advantage in making Jesus their natural king. We want Jesus to be King of our hearts spiritually – to give everything! When we begin to feed on Jesus, we want that! We desire that! Jesus went alone to a mountain to pray. Then those came seeking Jesus. He didn’t lose His victory God had given by being lifted up in the pride connected with being a natural king.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life!” He continued to share about being bread that would bring life and satisfaction. He said, “You need to eat of my flesh and drink my blood!” It’s important to eat of what Jesus lived and taught, and to be partaker of His blood! It’s life to my soul! It’s possible to be eating that which will only satisfy the soul. What am I seeking in the Word of God, and how do I use it? How do you feel when the Word of God is used for entertainment? I wanted to get out of there! I want to be careful how I listen to, and speak, the Word of God!

I appreciated a father’s testimony, “I want to prepare my children for the eclipse!” One mother taught her children quietness while she read the Word of God. Jesus knew the purpose God sent Him. Do we know the purpose we were sent here? God raised up Jesus in the last day by giving His blood. What is our real purpose? It’s to labor to know His Son, to believe His Word, to seek Him, and with that comes love, rest, peace, and joy unspeakable!

We can partake of the Bread of life, and have fruit in our lives to even feed others.